In this long-awaited Part II, Imam Marc and Imam Suhaib Webb discuss the new film, “Joker” and some theological and Islamic perspectives on it.
In this episode of the Middle Ground Podcast, we share some more insights into our Saturday class, The Sherman Jackson Reader, this time discussing such topics as belief, non-belief, and the hegemony of western constructs such as rationalism, and what are its consequences for Muslims and what our potential reactions might be. Full length clip at the bottom.
“On Sensationalism, ISIS and Liberalism”
“Revelation and Talking About Revelation”
“On Prophetic Authority”
“Belief vs. Religion”
ما تَعبُدونَ مِن دونِهِ إِلّا أَسماءً سَمَّيتُموها أَنتُم وَآباؤُكُم ما أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ بِها مِن سُلطانٍ ۚ إِنِ الحُكمُ إِلّا لِلَّهِ ۚ أَمَرَ أَلّا تَعبُدوا إِلّا إِيّاهُ ۚ ذٰلِكَ الدّينُ القَيِّمُ وَلٰكِنَّ أَكثَرَ النّاسِ لا يَعلَمونَ
“If you don’t serve Him, then you’re serving nothing more than names that you and your ancestors made up, and God gave no one permission to do that. The right to command is for none save God, and He has commanded that you serve nothing besides Him. That’s the straight way of life, but most people don’t understand.” — Qur’an, 12: 40
“On Being A Good Person and Being A Non-Muslim”
“On Modern Understandings of Religion”
“On the Hegemony of Western Norms: Wudu, Rationalism, and the Significance of Ritual”
For other khutbahs and podcasts, see the Middle Ground Podcast.
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